RUN: Marathon Training and a Masters Degree

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Whilst I’ve made it known that I’m doing a Masters degree in Sports Marketing & Business Management this year, I’ve kept something else a little closer to my chest: in April I’ll be running my first full marathon, and what’s better my debut will be on home turf at the Greater Manchester Marathon.

Yep, it’s around the time I’ll be handing in my last Masters assignments, bar my dissertation. And yep, I’m going to be spending a lot of time this winter training for it. So I guess you could consider the fact I’m doing two very big things in the same year a little crazy, but I find the more you do the more you want to do, and I’m already enjoying my studies and looking forward to my training runs.

I graduated from my Bachelors last week – First Class with Honours, thanks for asking – and it was Olympic sprinter Darren Campbell who handed me my scroll. No jokes about dropping the baton please, I’ve heard them all. He gave an inspiring talk about the importance of a strong work ethic and the fact that where you’ve come from doesn’t have to dictate where you’ll go, and I totally agree. Everything is about focused, hard work. Now I’ve graduated I can’t linger on my Bachelors any longer – it’s time to dig deep and get my Masters and get around this marathon.

In October I hit 90km for the month, which I believe to be more than I’ve ever run before. Even when I was training for previous half marathons I did it on a wing and a prayer which you can do while you’re young; I recognise as I’m nearing my thirties that I need to be kinder to myself, and that involves thorough preparation and proper rest. Thus, I’ve set myself some goals for November:

  • Run 100km in total for the month.
  • Do more high-intensity interval training.
  • Make progress with my hips and pelvis, engaging my glutes.
  • Consciously try to strike on my mid/forefoot.
  • Rest when I need to, and enjoy it.
  • Stay injury free!

November is going to be very busy for me: two Masters hand-ins, the run club at work launching, physiotherapy sessions and – last but not least – my birthday. I’m getting so much better at time management and putting what I want most above what I want right now, and I know I’ll be able to not only survive but thrive at both my Masters and my marathon.

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5 Comments

  1. November 1, 2014 / 6:30 pm

    This is awesome news! Congrats on the recent graduation, and for deciding to go for it with a marathon. I think it will be a great stress release and distraction to the Masters workload too. How exciting!

  2. November 1, 2014 / 9:11 pm

    Good luck! I remember juggling half mara training with PhD stuff, it took a lot of planning, but I’m sure you can do it. I really can’t wait to get back into running, but with thesis stuff it’ll have to be 10ks for another year. I really want to do a half marathon again at some point though. Enjoy your birthday- I hope you get enough time to let your hair down for it 🙂 x

  3. November 2, 2014 / 5:15 pm

    Good luck Sarah, sounds like you have a super busy few months ahead of you but I’m sure you’ll smash both your marathon and your Masters! :] x

  4. November 9, 2014 / 1:00 pm

    Congratulations on your Bachelors! That is amazing! Good luck with both your training and your Masters!